2017-2018 Dr. Jill E. Hungerford Memorial Scholarship
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2016-2017 Winner – Anna Farmer
Being a member of the Donegal girls’ tennis team has given me confidence and friendships that will last long after graduation from high school. I transferred to Donegal after completing grades K-8 at a small Mennonite School. Starting freshman year is challenging enough, but I was faced with the added pressure of having to make friends in a new district. After a lot of worrying and apprehension, I decided to go to the first day of preseason for the tennis team, with hopes of making friends and getting connected somewhere in the school. I definitely found my niche by joining the team. Right away, I felt accepted and could make friends quickly. Going into my senior year, I now realize that being a member of the tennis team has helped me form friendships across all four grades, and numerous times throughout the day I will see members of the team around the school. Being a member of the tennis team has also given me confidence off the court in the classroom setting. Playing alone on the court can be daunting, but knowing I am backed up by the support of my coaches and teammates gives me peace that I can play my best. That same peace and confidence goes into the classroom as well, because I know my team will always be behind me to help me.
One thing I have learned from being a member of the tennis team is that it is never too late to do your best, and even facing the hardest opponents can still result in a victory. Playing at the number 1 spot on our team my freshman year was very difficult, and I was placed against very tough competitors. It was easy to become discouraged at first, and I felt like an incompetent player after losing multiple matches. However, throughout the season and the rest of my high school career, I was able to develop an inner strength and stamina. I have applied that stamina to my life outside the court, which has helped me to be a stronger person. When I am faced with a difficult situation, such as a conflict with another person or a large exam in a class, I know I can dig deep and find an inner fight that I acquired on the tennis court. I learned that it is important to never give up. Even if someone is losing 5-0 on the court, a 7-5 comeback is still a possibility. The same goes for life; facing a tough situation can be difficult and scary at times, but finding an inner strength to keep carrying on is a key part of life.
During my post-secondary education, I hope to study TESOL, or teaching English to speakers of other languages. I have the ultimate goal of becoming an English teacher. I also dream of living in a foreign country, either temporarily or long-term. One goal I have during college is to intern for an organization called Josiah Venture, an organization that runs English camps across Europe. This past summer I was able to serve in the Czech Republic for two and a half weeks with my church, LCBC, and Josiah Venture. The trip to Czech changed my life. I was able to teach a beginner English class and get a taste of what my future career may be like. I returned home with a new passion for teaching and serving others. One of my future goals is to be an intern for an entire summer in the Czech Republic following my first year of college. I hope that by serving in another country for multiple months, I will be able to teach the English language to many people and help them to better communicate globally. I think it is important that we use the resources we have been given to better the world.
This $2,500 scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dr. Jill E. Hungerford who died unexpectedly at age 34 in 1999. Jill was a 1983 graduate of Penn Manor High School where she was an honor student and varsity tennis player.
This award is to be used towards post secondary educational expenses.